Tummy tuck surgery
The best candidates for the tummy tuck procedure are women after multiply pregnancies or basically women who lost significant amount of weight and were left with excess of skin and fat tissue in the abdominal area which do not respond to diet or exercises. Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can also reduce scars after other surgeries in the abdominal area (for example caesarian, C-sections etc.) and partly reduce stretch marks.
Tummy tuck may be performed as a full abdominoplasty or as a mini tummy tuck. If necessary during the same procedure liposuction can be performed.
Full tummy tuck involves works in the area of mid and lower stomach together with tightening up the abdominal wall and also navel replacement. So the scar runs from hip to hip – the incision is made in the area of pubic bone. Whereas in case of mini tummy tuck the incision is shorter (similar to caeserian) and the navel may not be replaced (also recovery time is shorter) – basically mini abdominoplasty is less invasive. In general scar after tummy tuck can be easily covered by underwear.
Abdominoplasty is a major and serious procedure. Like each surgery it carries risks but in comparison with other cosmetic surgeries abdominoplasty carries higher risk of complications and longer length of recovery. All pros and cons of the surgery should be discussed by plastic surgeon with a patient.
The surgery is performed in general anaesthesia, after which a patient is left with drains (after 1-3 days the drains are removed) and a special elastic dressing / garment to wear permanently for 6 weeks.
For the first few days abdomen will probably be swollen and bruised, a patient feels some pain and discomfort which can be controlled by painkillers. But it will take a while until a patient will feel like herself again. For sure recovery is quicker for those patients who were in good shape / exercised their body before the surgery. Basically exercise help to heal better and reduce swelling and also lower the chance of blood clot. Depending on patient condition, length of stay in the clinic should take at least about 3-5 nights after the surgery. Elastic garment should be worn during first 6 weeks non stop. In a clinic you will get instructions how to treat the incision during first few weeks. Stitches should be removed after 14 days. About a week after removal of stitches, it is a good idea to start treating the incision with ointments that help the scar to flatten out and lighten in color. A patient should be prepared to take care of a new tummy. For example: during first 3 weeks after the operation a patient cannot do any heavy works, even vacuuming; during 3 months after the surgery sauna, solarium, sunbathing is forbidden, smokers should limit smoking before and after the surgery.
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Tummy tuck produces excellent results and in most cases, the results are long lasting.